Red Country

Red Country Joe Abercrombie is doing some terrific work George R R Martin author of GAME OF THRONES They burned her home They stole her brother and sister But vengeance is following Shy South hoped to bury her b

  • Title: Red Country
  • Author: Joe Abercrombie
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  • Joe Abercrombie is doing some terrific work George R R Martin, author of GAME OF THRONES.They burned her home.They stole her brother and sister.But vengeance is following.Shy South hoped to bury her bloody past and ride away smiling, but she ll have to sharpen up some bad old ways to get her family back, and she s not a woman to flinch from what needs doing She sets o Joe Abercrombie is doing some terrific work George R R Martin, author of GAME OF THRONES.They burned her home.They stole her brother and sister.But vengeance is following.Shy South hoped to bury her bloody past and ride away smiling, but she ll have to sharpen up some bad old ways to get her family back, and she s not a woman to flinch from what needs doing She sets off in pursuit with only a pair of oxen and her cowardly old stepfather Lamb for company But it turns out Lamb s buried a bloody past of his own, and out in the lawless Far Country, the past never stays buried.Their journey will take them across the barren plains to a frontier town gripped by gold fever, through feud, duel and massacre, high into the unmapped mountains to a reckoning with the Ghosts Even worse, it will force them into alliance with Nicomo Cosca, infamous soldier of fortune, and his feckless lawyer Temple, two men no one should ever have to trustThe past never stays buried

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    1. Joe Abercrombie

      Joe Abercrombie was educated at Lancaster Royal Grammar School and Manchester University, where he studied psychology He moved into television production before taking up a career as a freelance film editor During a break between jobs he began writing The Blade Itself in 2002, completing it in 2004 It was published by Gollancz in 2006 and was followed by two other books in The First Law Trilogy, Before They Are Hanged and Last Argument of Kings He currently lives and works in London with his wife and daughter In early 2008 Joe Abercrombie was one of the contributors to the BBC Worlds of Fantasy series, alongside other contributors such as Michael Moorcock, Terry Pratchett and China Mieville.


    1. Say one thing for Abercrombie, say he knows how to make me love his book even when the setting of the book is Western.I have to mention one thing about the setting of this book before I start my review, I truly despise Western stories. Doesn’t matter if it’s done in video games, movies, or TV series I just can’t stand them. Here's a few example for famous movies, 3:10 to Yuma? Sucks, Assassination of Jesse James? I got a fever because of how bad it was, Hateful Eight? Fell asleep, and much [...]

    2. Westerns. You couldn't pay me enough money to read oned yet mix it with fantasy and I couldn't be more enthralled. Take King's The Dark Tower series and recently this one, Red Country, and obviously I'm a fan of westerns. I even try to deny it with my movie choices, but again, some of my all-time favorites are westerns (Tombstone and 310 to Yuma). Why is that? Why do I think I hate them and secretly love them? I even lived in Wyoming for a time. I'm seriously asking this! I must be crazy.Red Cou [...]

    3. A somewhat Westernized setting for this fantasy set in Abercrombie's world. Very enjoyable to catch up with some character friends as well. And of whom or what they did, I shall say nothing! Read for yourself.One of the many things that Joe Abercrombie excels at is the character cameo. A turn of the page and the reader enters the point of view of what might seem a minor character. But in a space of the few paragraphs, the character takes on dimension, flesh, ambitions, a past, and a life. One ca [...]

    4. When Shy South and her cowardly stepfather Lamb return home to find their farmhand dead and Shy's two siblings missing, they venture into the Far Country to find them. They join a fellowship and head to the mining town of Crease. During their travels, Shy is forced to confront her own checkered past and finds that her stepfather has a past of his ownOn the heels of finishing A Dance with Dragons, my jones for dark fantasy with morally ambiguous characters was not sated so I turned to Red Country [...]

    5. Shy South a former highway robber with a golden heart gave up on her violent ways and took up farming. When she came back from a marketplace one of the days, she found her hired hand is killed and her young brother and sister is kidnapped. She went off hoping to catch the raiders, accompanied by her timid stepfather. The joined a band of mostly old geezers called Fellowship and the geezers did what geezers are best at: they babbled. Oops, I accidentally gave away around 75% of the book. Sorry. T [...]

    6. I love me some Abercrombie, his style is so snarky and detailed and dirty. I love how with a few sentences he can fill out a minor character so well that you actually feel sorry when they're killed in passing.This is NOT really a fantasy book though guys, it's 100% Western. If you've read his other books you'll recognize several characters, but you don't REALLY need to read the others to get into this. If you don't like Westerns move along doggy, but this is worth reading for sure.

    7. Onvan : Red Country (First Law World, #6) - Nevisande : Joe Abercrombie - ISBN : 316214442 - ISBN13 : 9780316214445 - Dar 469 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 2012

    8. The best of the First Law Singles. Cosca stole the show and his hysterical swashbuckling humor had me cracking up time and again. The presence of "lamb" also helped a lot. I didn't mind that we knew who he was almost immediately. It was when others realized who he was that made it fun. This was also the most consistent story of the three singles. Best Served Cold had a great first half and awful second while Heroes was the opposite. I liked this from start to finish.

    9. 4.5 stars. Not as good as Heroes or original trilogy but still one hell of a read.The trouble with running is wherever you run to, there you are.Wisely said by the man who tends to be realistic about those things and indeed it's one of the main sentiments of both this book and original trilogy. No matter how far we run in the end we are what we are and history will repeat itself more often than not.“Conscience and the cock-rot are hardly equivalent,’ snapped Lorsen.‘Indeed,’ said Cosca, [...]

    10. This is my first foray into the world of Joe Abercrombie and for those of you who are about to make the mistake of starting with Red Country like I did, my advice would be to go back and start with the First Law books. Red Country is marketed as a standalone novel and one can certainly enjoy it without having read Abercrombie’s other work, but the reason I’m giving it only 4 stars is because I always felt like I was missing out on something--that there was critical, need-to-know information [...]

    11. Ok, I’m going to get this out of the way right at the beginning. YES!!! The Bloody Nine is Back! Nuf said. But you have to realistic about these things so for the sake of those who have no clue who The Bloody Nine is, I’ll continue.As many a reviewer has pointed out before, including Abercrombie himself, this is a fantasy version of a Western. Red Country returns us to the First Law Universe – or at least to the Far Wild West of it and treats us to a smorgasbord of Western genre tropes and [...]

    12. This book was good. In fact it was very,very good. I loved Abercrombie's The First Law Trilogy so much and it was a delight to see the return of a few of his strongest characters from those books. Plus there were a few new characters who managed to steal the show. Joe Abercrombie is without doubt a very talented author. His characters are always so flawed and yet still so appealing, his stories are full of grossness and violence yet are still so very readable and his handling of the English lang [...]

    13. How could I not read the return of Logen "The Bloody Nine" Ninefingers, my favorite character from The First Law trilogy?I wrote that last April when details from Red Country first started appearing on the Internet, and then it was released in the States last November, so why I am just getting around to writing this review now, eight months later? Because I had a tough time getting into this book, and an even tougher time finishing it, for a few reasons:- The book kept alternating between the ch [...]

    14. I've been saving up this novel for years, hoping I will find myself back in the mood for what has become the 'grimdark' fantasy subgenre. I thought, if I ever go back to this style of ultra-violent, cynical, depressing fantasy, I might as well go to the best writer out there, even if I was slightly disappointed with "The Heroes" and "Best Served Cold". Whatever misgivings I have about the glorification of violence / killers and about gratuitous swearing ( I think of Mr. Abercrombie as the fantas [...]

    15. If I'd known what the concept for this book was going in; a kind of genre mash-up of JRR Tolkien and Sergio Leone; I'd've been more than a little dubious.As it turns out, however, Abercrombie pulls off this odd little tale with panache. Having now loved every minute of this book, I actually find myself wanting him to write a whole series of Fantasy/Westerns because one book just wasn't enough!Encore, please, Mr. Author! Encore!

    16. "Severed heads,’ Cosca was explaining, ‘never go out of fashion. Used sparingly and with artistic sensibility, they can make a point a great deal more eloquently than thosestill attached. Make a note of that. Why aren’t you writing?"Joe A. at his best so far in Red Country which i have been greatly enjoying; while grim on occasion the book is really darkly funny and better than the limited Heroes in so many ways; still only about 100 pages in but tonight should read more and hopefully fini [...]

    17. “‘I didn’t want no trouble,’ said Lamb. ‘It blew in anyway. Trouble got a habit that way.’ He pushed his wet hair out of his face, and his eyes were wide open and bright, bright, mouth open too, breathing fast and he was smiling.”What an adventure this book was! Seriously I know I praise Abercrombie with every review I do, but I’m just awed by how much his books draw me in, make me feel ALL the feelings, and most of all entertain me!I have always favoured Abercrombie’s characte [...]

    18. 4.5 Shy South, a tough frontierswoman is returning from a trip to get supplies with her stepfather Lamb, a battered old Northman whose size and strength bely his gentleness. Their friendly banter is interrupted by the discovery that their home has been burned, a friend murdered and Shy's young brother and sister kidnapped. Amidst this horror 'Lamb' is strangely calm. Looking down at his scarred, battered hands, hands with only 9 fingers, he reflects that sometimes 'you have to be realistic'THE B [...]

    19. I like western stories, and I like all 5 previous novels of First Law universe series. So it is naturally I read this book for the sake of having fun. This is the first book of First Law that I gave 4 star (other books I gave 5 star). I like First Law books mainly because the protagonists in First Law are stereotypes that usually taking antagonist role in fiction stories (e.g.: Calden is a coward prince in The Heroes), but then the author can make them into sympathetic characters. In Red Country [...]

    20. Well crap. This book should have been an easy 4 and probably a 5. I was REALLY looking forward to this one. I saw the video ad on line thought it sounded great. The plot while obviously not completely original hasn't "really" been done before I mean it's a western set in a fantasy worldI mean an overt western. It's got a great lead in, a great set up some great characters and some exceptional scenes, dialogue and story telling.So, why only 3 stars?Oh good grief this thing is slow. I mean all tha [...]

    21. I HEREBY DECLARE JOE ABERCROMBIE AN HONORARY AMERICAN. He understands the themes, tropes, and cliches etc. of the western genre more than any limey has a right to, and deploys them effectively while telling a great story that stands up to any of the other First Law books I’ve read (all of them excepting Best Served Cold and that short story collection thingy that came out recently.) What we have here is a lovely mix of The Searchers and Unforgiven and maybe a bit of Deadwood, but only made bet [...]

    22. Brilliant. To me this is probably the best book Joe Abercrombie's written so far, and I'm talking like I love it even more than the First Law trilogy, which is saying a lot. Until this book came along, I didn't think anything else he wrote would come close; after all, I thought Best Served Cold and The Heroes were meh and even more meh, respectively.But Red Country simply just blew me away. Okay, so maybe it's because I have a thing for westerns. Though granted this isn't your traditional kind o [...]

    23. This is the murkiest Abercrombie yet. "How are you going to write this up?" Temple was asking.Sworbreck frowned down at his notebook, pencil hovering, then carefully closed it. "I may gloss over this episode"Sufeen snorted. "I hope you brought a great deal of gloss" Let me tell you, Abercrombie did not bring a lot of gloss to this book. If you're looking to escape in a magical happy-endings-type of fantasy world, move on, this book is not for you. But if you can handle a gritty, dark writing sty [...]

    24. A wagon-train into the great western frontier, Joe Abercrombie-style!The reviews about this book are wildly varied; readers seemed to either love it or hate it. I wasn’t sure what to expect going in. Would it be as bad as Best Served Cold? Would it be on par with the original First Law trilogy?Here’s what Abercrombie does with his characters and settings: he takes the familiar and turns it on its head, ripping an ear off in the process. In the original trilogy, he skewered traditional fantas [...]

    25. I absolutely loved this book! A fun engaging story with a big dose of dark and gritty, fantastic complex characters that you can't help but love or love to hate, twists and turns and never a dull moment, and all of it pulled together by some truly excellent writing. I was a bit nervous about reading this one with our book club as some people commented that those who haven't read The First Law trilogy didn't seem to enjoy it as much as those who had based on reviews. I've only read the first book [...]

    26. Red country has been labeled as Abercrombie’s take on the western. This partially true, as Abercrombie has managed to squeeze as much of the tropes and furniture of said genre into this book. Showdowns in bars, scouts, wagon trains, native attacks, cattle stampedes, frontier towns, a stagecoach chase, ravaged homesteads, kidnappings, last stands, and others are all gloriously skewered and given homage. There are references to many of the classics, The Unforgiven, Outlaw Josey Wales, Treasure o [...]

    27. Joe Abercrombie has gotten steadily better with each book, and RED COUNTRY is no exception. Abercrombie's ability to create flawed characters that aren't so dark as to be reprehensible is practically singular. They are just broken down enough to resonate, and just heroic enough to inspire. What many call a "dark" tone is actually a realistic one, the prose of a man who has a deep empathy for people living in the real world, and the compromises we all have to make to get by. A fantastic book by o [...]

    28. As with all of Abercrombie's work, RED COUNTRY is a complete mind fuck. A fucking that you enjoy though.It took me a while to work up the courage to give Abercrombie another chance after reading and hating HEROES. Not even the infamous return of the Bloody Nine hastened my pace. I am glad I finally read it because it is damn good.I really don't have much to say that hasn't already been said except that I enjoyed being scarred by another First Law book.Recommended.

    29. I enjoyed this book, but it is easily my least favorite Abercrombie book to date. It was nice to revisit with a certain character from previous books, but I felt that the author projected it WAY too much so it wasn't much of a surprise. Meh.

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